How to Kill Asian Beetles

Overview

Although the Asian beetle has several names such as Asian lady beetle and the Halloween beetle, it only has one scientific name-Harmonia axyridis. Asian beetles are often mistaken for ladybugs because of their spots, but Asian beetles are slightly larger. Asian beetles are beneficial in that they eat insects that are harmful to outdoor plant life. Unfortunately, these beetles can get inside of your home and become a pest as they damage your indoor plants, and gather around your light fixtures and windows.

Step 1

Use the hose attachment to your vacuum and suck the beetles in to your vacuum bag. This is an easy way to get rid of the Asian beetles because they usually congregate near your windows or light fixtures. Make sure you throw the vacuum cleaner bag inside a trash bag right away, and then take it to an outdoor trash can that has a lid.

Step 2

Set up a few insect light traps. These traps do not kill the Asian beetles, but you can kill them after the trap has collected them. Just pour some leftover dish soap in the canister and wait for the beetles to drown. Then dispose of them.

Step 3

Place some glue traps on your window sills. The Asian beetles will flock to the windows, get stuck on the traps and die. You can simple replace the traps as they fill up.

Step 4

Use a pyrethrum-based fogger in areas where the Asian beetles have congregated. You may have to do this if you have a really bad infestation. Remove any items you don't want to clean later on. Close all windows. Set the fogger off as directed in the instructions and close the door. Do not return until the time in the instructions has passed.

Step 5

Spray an insecticide outdoors where you see a lot of Asian beetles. Only do this if they have a history of coming in to your home. Follow all directions on the insecticide label. Children and pets may have to wait a certain amount of time before they are allowed to go back outside and play once you use an insecticide.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you choose to use a fogger in your home, you will need to clean the entire room afterward to remove the chemicals. Keep all people and animals out of the house until product instructions dictate it is safe to return.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Insect light trap
  • Dish water
  • Glue traps
  • Pyrethrum-based fogger
  • Insecticide

References

  • Michigan State University: Multi-Colored Asian Ladybeetle
  • ePestSupply: How to Kill Asian Beetles
  • Iowa State University: Asian Lady Beetle Traps
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